1. to obtain, to attain a goal.
(a) [late 17C+] to steal (from).
(b) [mid-19C+] to promote, to make successful, usu. as made.
(c) [20C+] (US) to seduce, to have sexual intercourse with.
(d) [1910s+] (US) to succeed in getting something; usu. constr. with for, e.g. make a croaker for a reader, to persuade a doctor to write a prescription for narcotics; make for a stash, to steal the drugs another addict has hidden so as to use them oneself.
(e) [1920s] (US Und.) in weaker form of sense 1d above, to entice the potential victim of a confidence trick.
(f) [1920s+] to attain a goal, e.g. make the team, make a club.
(g) [1950s–60s] (US) to consume drugs or drink.
(h) [1960s+] (US) to make a drug purchase.
2. [mid-19C+] (US) to consider, to regard, to estimate as, e.g. I make it about 10 o’clock.
3. in senses of movement.
(a) [mid-19C+] (US) to go to, to arrive at, to attend, to pay a visit.
(b) [1900s] (Aus.) to leave.
(c) [1910s+] spec. use of sense 3a above, to catch, e.g. make a plane, make a train.
4. (orig. US police/Und.) in sense of SE make out, to discern, abbr. make an identification.
(a) to recognise (in a non-judicial context).
(b) [20C+] to witness or observe, to recognize, to identify a suspect; thus make someone for, to recognize someone as.
(c) [1960s+] to stop and search people on the street.
(d) [1990s+] (US Und.) to prove someone guilty in court.
5. [1900s–60s] (US) to understand or to empathize with.
6. [1940s+] to appear in the newspaper.
7. [1940s+] (US, mainly Southern) to distill liquor illegally.
8. [1940s+] (US black) to straighten one’s hair.
9. [1950s+] (US) to enlist someone as an official member of the US Mafia; usu. as made adj. (4)
10. [1950s+] (US) to bear or endure.
11. [1960s] (US) to enjoy, to appreciate.
1. an injection of heroin.
2. the need to find more drugs.
[1940s+] to identify, to connect to.
[1940s] (US) to pretend.
[late 19C+] to arrive at a conclusion; thus how do you make that out? how do you reach that conclusion?
[20C+] (US black) to flatter.
1. [late 18C+] to ‘make love to’, to ‘chat up’.
2. [19C+] to curry favour with.
[20C+] (orig. US) to use, to affect, to perform, to pose as.
SE in slang uses
[16C–19C] a troublemaker; one who stirs up arguments; also attrib.
1. a small candle.
2. a small, slender person.
see also under relevant n. or adj.
[early 17C–19C] to die.
[late 17C] to get drunk.
see under busk n.
[1950s+] (US teen) to get married.